Survey launched to assess demand for a fire and security apprenticeship in Wales

Wednesday 15th December 2021
Assessing employer demand for a specialist fire and security apprenticeship in Wales

As an organisation invested in industry led qualifications developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours of individuals working within the fire safety sector, FireQual sees the development of a fire and security apprenticeship in Wales as a key step forward in demonstrating the importance of education and training within fire safety.

FireQual Chair, Lewis Ramsay, commented on this latest development, ‘Since its inception, FireQual has been keen to not only provide a new generation of qualifications for the fire safety sector but also to support those who share our values to see the development of the sector through the provision of high quality education and training solutions. As a result, we are pleased to support the development of this new apprenticeship scheme for fire and security within Wales.’

The voice of industry is important in creating fit for purpose apprenticeship schemes and Pat Allen, Chair of the FESS Employer Group, has provided the following information regarding how to submit interest and support for the concept:

In recent years there have been several developments designed to raise competence and qualification levels in the Fire and Security Industries.

In England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland these have included the introduction of specialist apprenticeships. Wales is therefore currently the only part of the UK without a specialist Fire and Security Apprenticeship.

Recently, a group of employers and industry bodies, including ECA and FSA have had positive initial conversations with Welsh Government and Qualifications Wales about developing an equivalent specialist apprenticeship in Wales.

For these discussions to progress further, however, we need to demonstrate a sufficient level of employer interest.

Please complete this survey about apprenticeships and encourage other businesses within your network to do the same.

The survey closes on Friday, 24 December 2021